#FlashFiction: If Mistakes Could Fly, You'd Be A Superhero

by Kenyon Ledford

 Flash Fiction Detective Humor Featuring Jonny Gonzo and Money

Flash Fiction Detective Humor Featuring Jonny Gonzo and Money

 Flash Fiction Detective Humor Featuring Jonny Gonzo and Money


In the world of flash fiction, a detective, a cop, and a superhero are guarding the city. They, umm, aren't really competent or bright, although they would insist they are. Explore the screwball world of Jonny Gonzo; PI, Money Man; superhero, and Sergeant Joe Bidwell, and follow their flash adventures all the way to the 14-page finale set in Tasman and featuring Batman and Robin like you've never seen them!

It's a given that at some point in your life there was a knock on your front door, and when you answered it the police, a detective, or both were crowding the door frame. It happens to everybody...it is assumed. Probably the police sergeant appeared at your door as well. Perhaps even a superhero in a ski mask and wearing a beach towel as a cape has made an appearance.

If you are like most people, you have probably wondered how such an incompetent and motley group found their way to your house in the first place, since all you had been doing was hosting a hot-chocolate party with your stuffed animals...or reading a book of detective humor. Well, in the maiden offering of the Jonny Gonzo and Money Man series, "If Mistakes Could Fly..." all these characters show up on your kindle, where they begin to lounge around, trip over and break things, and make menacing faces at the real superhero books and detective stories.

Listen, great literature is rife with angst, sorrow, redemption, jubilation, self doubt, and conquest. Fictional landscapes scan the scope from Zane Gray's painted deserts, Jules Verne's fantastical worlds, all the way to Dostoyevsky's dungeons of the mind. Jack Kerouac's Martin family struggled with dissolution in, "The Town and the City." Dostoyevsky's Raskolnikov struggled with the question of murder. The great writers all bring something to the table of classic writing, but with "If Mistakes Could Fly..." Kenyon Ledford has brought a food fight.

In the annals of detective stories, heck, even comics, the quirky Jonny Gonzo and Money Man probably don't rate all that highly. After all, what good is a shady superhero fiction character who really doesn't do much other than a little petty theft here and there, and a self-appointed detective who doesn't even have a driver's license, let alone a badge? Nevertheless, these two geniuses manage to show up at crime scenes at just the right (?) time, but they often create more crime scene tape than they manage to cut down. Fortunately, (??) Police Sergeant Joe Bidwell always shows up to restore order.

A crime reporter needs to arm himself with the following questions: who, what, when, where, and how? But from Money Man's first heroic appearance at a crime scene in a subway, to Gonzo's idiotic destruction of a writers' workshop, you will follow these heroes through each of these quasi-police fiction stories, from adventure to adventure, and the only question you'll be asking is: why?

Why do people in distress call on Money Man? Why would anybody call Jonny Gonzo to the scene of a crime? Why would anybody even chronicle the events of these so-called heroes? Why won't anybody stop them from 'helping out?' Why would anybody even want to read about these characters? Indeed, why would anybody pay for this so-called privilege? Okay, that's two questions too many, but just what is their deal?

The truth is, nobody really knows what their deal is; not yet. Perhaps they all exist on another superhero fiction plane where the bungling stars of these odd, detective fiction stories are the norm, or perhaps they're just the usual cast of characters you're used to dealing with on a Wednesday night after bowling.

In this first installment of the Jonny Gonzo and Money Man detective books and superhero books `series, you will not only meet these two characters, but will also discover a bizarro side of Batman and Robin in the bonus short story; Tasmaniacs! So, who's that knocking on your front door? Buddy, it ain't the Avon Lady...click on the "Look Inside" feature. It's like peaking through the front door while keeping that little chain on it.

Kenyon Ledford lives on the moon and once punched a koala in the face.

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